U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

A government organization of the United States with a focus on addressing energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges. It was founded in 1977 and is located in Washington, D.C.

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The United States Department of Energy is a Washington, D.C.-based government administration that researches and develops technology and science for national security purposes. It has seven sub organizations under it including the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office .

One of its main areas of focus is on the nation's energy system and ensuring that it is up to date. Another area of focus is on science and innovation. The department funds initiatives such as the Loan Programs Office and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for the research of clean energy technologies. It also provides capital to energy startups and has made over 130 investments in industries such as clean energy, data analysis, wind energy, and energy storage. The capital is mainly in the form of grants and ranges between $200,000 to over $34 million.

There is also a Nuclear Security & Nonproliferation arm of the organization with a focus on maintaining nuclear security for the United States of America through defense, nonproliferation, and environmental efforts.

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Yield10 Bioscience

Yield10 Bioscience, agricultural science company, specialized in innovative crop science designed to improve crop yield and enhance global food security.

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Accio Energy is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company founded in 2007 by Dawn White.

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Dan Brouillette

Secretary of Energy

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Department of Energy Solicits Comments On Energy Efficiency Test Procedures for Battery Chargers | Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Tyler A. O'Connor, Matthew B. Welling, Cheryl A. Falvey & Charlene Sun

Web

May 13, 2020

The Department of Energy Embraces Telework - MeriTalk

Kate Polit

Web

April 27, 2020

U.S. Department of Energy Launches $230 Million Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program

Web

May 14, 2020

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National Labs Respond to COVID-19 (Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast)

March 16, 2020

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By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press
November 19, 2020
Chron
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The U.S. government said Thursday that Idaho is its preferred...
By KEITH RIDLER
November 19, 2020
AP NEWS
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The U.S. government said Thursday that Idaho is its preferred choice ahead of Tennessee for a test reactor to be built as part of an effort to revamp the nation's fading...
KEITH RIDLER Associated Press
November 19, 2020
ABC News
The U.S. government said Idaho is its preferred choice ahead of Tennessee for a test reactor to be built as part of an effort to revamp the nation's fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants
By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press
November 11, 2020
Chron
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded just under $14 million...
KEITH RIDLER Associated Press
November 11, 2020
ABC News
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded just under $14 million for an attempt to build a hydrogen-energy production facility at a nuclear power plant in Minnesota with the help of a research lab in Idaho
By KEITH RIDLER
November 11, 2020
AP NEWS
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded just under $14 million for an attempt to build a hydrogen-energy production facility at a nuclear power plant in Minnesota with the...
By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press
November 7, 2019
Houston Chronicle
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho granted a conditional waiver Thursday to the U.S. Department of Energy that could allow research quantities of spent nuclear fuel into the state after years of blocking such shipments. The agreement announced by Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, both Republicans, means the Idaho National Laboratory could receive about 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of spent fuel for experiments as part of a U.S. strategy to expand nuclear power and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The waiver requires the Energy Department to first prove it can process 900,000 gallons (3.5 million liters) of high-level radioactive liquid waste that sits above a giant Idaho aquifer that supplies water to farms and cities. The Energy Department has spent some $600 million trying to do that, so far having failed but reporting good progress earlier this year at its Integrated Waste Treatment Unit. The deal announced Thursday makes it easier for the Energy Department to bring spent fuel for research into the state but benefits Idaho by requiring earlier removal of other nuclear waste at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site west of the city of Idaho Falls that includes the Idaho National Laboratory. Specifically, the 2019 Supplemental Agreement grants a conditional waiver to the historic 1995 Settlement Agreement reached by former Democratic Gov. Cecil Andrus and Republican Gov. Phil Batt. They engaged in a series of federal court battles with the Energy Department resulting in the 1995 Settlement Agreement during Batt's term that is generally seen as preventing Idaho from becoming a high-level nuclear waste dump. The Energy Department benefits in the most recent deal because instead of having to process all the radioactive liquid waste before it can...

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